Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 14 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 8/7/2008
Offender: Sentenced to 22 years
Officer Andrew Reister was choked to death while working at a department-sanctioned off duty job at a local restaurant. Officer Reister confronted an intoxicated man who was causing a disturbance inside of the restaurant.
When Officer Reister told the man to stop dancing on a table, the man jumped from the table onto Officer Reister, knocking him down. The man then grabbed Officer Reister around the neck and choked him until he was unconscious.
Officer Reister sustained irreversible brain damage and died as a result two days later. The man who choked him was arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of first degree manslaughter and sentenced to 22 years.
Officer Reister had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, parents, and two brothers.